This Banana Split Pie has all of the flavors of a classic banana split all in one pie - perfect for a summer picnic or BBQ dessert...or whenever you get the craving for a banana split! With a graham cracker crust, bananas, pineapple, cream cheese, chocolate cherries, and whipped cream, this banana split pie is completely irresistible!
Nothing screams summer more than a trip to the ice cream stand! I'm a big fan of crunch cones, but if I feel like something special, a Banana Split is one of my go-to orders. They are perfect for sharing and has something everyone will like. Banana Split Pie is my version of a banana split in pie form and I have to say - I think I like it more than the original!
But alas, let's talk about this creamy banana split pie! This pie has a few layers to get in all of the delicious ingredients in a traditional banana split.
Graham Cracker Crust - This seemed like the most obvious kind of crust for a banana split pie. It adds a little bit of crunch and sweetness to every bite! I made my own homemade graham cracker crust, but you can definitely you a store-bought graham cracker crust. The homemade crust is made with graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar.
Bananas - of course! This recipe needs perfectly ripe bananas. Not under ripe and not overripe. A layer of sliced bananas goes on top of the crust.
Cream Cheese and Cool Whip - these are the main ingredients in the creamy filling. I use two tubs of Cool Whip in this recipe, one is combined with the room temperature cream cheese and the other is the whipped cream topping.
Crushed Pineapple - crushed pineapple and fresh sliced strawberries are layered on top of the cream cheese layer.
Maraschino Cherries - of course a banana split needs a cherry on top!
Hot Fudge Topping - hot fudge is drizzled over the top of the pie, along with some chopped walnuts. This banana split pie has every single ingredient a typical banana split would have!
Since the flavors of a banana split work so well together, I figured, why not make a pie with them? So I did! And it was better than even expected.
Banana Split Pie has five layers but each one is simple and easy to make. Refer to the recipe card for the full instructions.
Make the Crust. I started with a homemade graham cracker pie crust which, if you’ve never made one before, is easier than you’d think. If you have a large food processor, it’s as easy as can be. Simply pulse the graham crackers until they resemble fine graham cracker crumbs. Add some sugar and melted butter and then press the mixture into a pie dish. Bake the pie crust for about 8 minutes and then let it cool.
Layer the bananas. On top of the graham cracker crust, add a single layer of sliced bananas. Honestly, you can make this layer of bananas as thick as you want. Do a couple of layers if you really love the bananas in banana splits!
Make the creamy filling. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and one tub of Cool Whip, along with some sugar. Beat them on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until it is creamy and completely combined. Spread the cool whip and cream cheese filling on top of the banana layer.
Add the pineapple and strawberries. On top of the cream cheese mixture, layer the crushed pineapple and strawberries slices.
Top with Cool Whip. The final layer is the whipped topping layer, where I use the second container of Cool Whip. Spread an even layer of Cool Whip on top of the pineapple and strawberry layer with a rubber spatula.
Final toppings. To top off this irresistible banana split pie, I place banana slices, some maraschino cherries, hot fudge sauce or chocolate syrup, and chopped walnuts. So many flavors! And holy cow, was it delicious.
Delicious pies like this are the perfect dessert for summertime. They’re easy to make, require very little baking time (this one just needs 10 minutes to bake the crust), and and cool and creamy! This Banana Split Pie would be the perfect end to a picnic or barbecue.
Make ahead. You can definitely make this pie up to one day in advance! I would hold off on the toppings until an hour or less before serving, so the bananas aren't brown.
Toppings variations. Just like a normal banana split, you can switch up the toppings, if you'd like! You can use chopped peanuts instead of walnuts or use butterscotch or caramel topping instead of hot fudge!
Chill Time. Make sure you allow adequate chill time for this pie to chill and set up. It needs at least a couple of hours to make it easily sliceable!
Storage. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.